A national trade union center (or national center or central) is a federation or confederation of
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s in a single
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Nearly every country in the world has a national trade union center, and many have more than one. When there is more than one national center, it is often because of ideological
differences—in some cases long-standing historic differences. In some regions, such as the
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, different centers exist on a sectoral basis, for example for blue collar
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Among the larger national centers in the world are the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations
and the Change to Win Federation
in the USA; the Canadian Labour Congress
Trades Union Congress
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is a national trade union center, national trade union centre, a federation of trade unions in England and Wales, representing the majority of trade unions. There are 48 affiliated unions, with a total of about 5.5 ...
(TUC) in Britain; the Irish Congress of Trade Unions
; the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU); the Congress of South African Trade Unions; the Dutch Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging, FNV; the LO, The Danish Confederation of Trade Unions, Danish, Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, Norwegian, and Swedish Trade Union Confederation, Swedish LO; the German German Confederation of Trade Unions, DGB; the French Confédération Générale du Travail, CGT and CFDT; the Italian Italian Confederation of Workers' Trade Unions, CISL, Italian General Confederation of Labour, CGIL and Italian Labour Union, UIL; the Spanish Comisiones Obreras, CCOO, Confederación Nacional del Trabajo, CNT, Confederacion General del Trabajo de España, CGT and Unión Sindical Obrera, USO; the Czech Bohemian-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions, ČMKOS; the Japan Trade Union Confederation RENGO; the Argentinian General Confederation of Labour (Argentina), CGT and Argentine Workers' Center, CTA; the Brazilian Central Única dos Trabalhadores, CUT, and so on.
Many national trade union centers are now members of the International Trade Union Confederation, although some belong to the World Federation of Trade Unions.
* List of federations of trade unions
* List of trade unions
National federations of trade unions,